Jean Button Replacement : Best way to fix a button back on your jeans


How to fix a new button on jeans when the original button falls off your jeans- this is a dilemma many of us who live in jeans face many times over in our lives.

Sometimes the jean button pops off like the cork off a champagne bottle, under strain; some other times they do a quiet disappearance in the laundry basket. Maybe you had a large meal or you are growing at the waist and waist alone – the horror of growing fat in the belly!.

Or you just got some old Jeans from somewhere (hand  over/sales) without the button. A jeans is so useless without a button.

Giving it to a professional tailor involves some serious money exchange, a trip to and fro, waste of time when you can watch Netflix or whatever instead.

The button replacement would look complicated to a novice in sewing.  But, actually fixing the jean button is so much simpler than sewing a button.  You just need to have a new spare jean button and a hammer. Absolutely No-sewing involved.

So here is how to fix a jeans with no button

Step 1 Take your jeans button; place your jeans on a flat surface. Preferably keep a hard flat surface under the jeans, which would not get damaged by the hammer whacks .

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If you do not have a spare jeans button at home you need to go to a shop and buy a metal button specifically meant for jeans – they will have it under jeans button. The haberdashery store near your home will surely stock it.

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The jeans button also called tack buttons consists of two parts – The front part which is the bigger button you see on the outside and the back part which is basically a screw or a tack. The front part has a small hole in the back which will fit the sharp point of the back button.

Step 2 Do you have the plastic jean button tool? If yes, keep the plastic tool in place.

button replacement tool for jeans

This is completely optional. But it is a nice tool to have. It acts like a pair of tongs keeping the two buttons in place and It protects the metal button from getting damaged from the hard whack of the hammer. 

Step 3 Take your  hammer – you need a hammer to drive the screw into the front button.

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My hammer has seen some real world action – this explains its ugliness, no ruggedness.

If you have a heavy tool similar to the hammer that also will do – it should have a small flat surface which will touch the button flat as it hits.

Step 4 Insert the tack button from the back into the hole of your jeans.

how to do jeans button replacing

Step 5 Place the top button from the front and try to close it – it won’t. but Keep it that way.

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With the plastic tool you can press it closed, as you use the hammer.

jeans button replacement

Step 6 Now use the hammer right on top of the front button 

You just pound on the button with the button in place. 

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If you are using the plastic tool, you will be hitting on the plastic top – but really ensure that the jean button is properly aligned in between the thing.

The first hit should be made gently – you just need to attach the screw. Then use more force with the next blow – keeping everything level. Ensure that the button and the back thing is stuck together levelly. 

Problems that crop up in this jean button replacement job

Things to be wary of when replacing your jeans buttons and the precautions you should take as you replace jean buttons.

Scenario one : You just have one button – and the replacement is a failure. Soon you will be on a trip to your button store again because that one and only one was crushed beyond recognition by your hammer. Buy quality buttons – in many numbers. Buy more than one, definitely. Even if nothing happens, you can still use them for other jeans.

Scenario two : The button did not fasten properly; they stick out. When you use the hammer ensure that the button is attached fully and closely.Otherwise, soon they will pop out again – this time in a very inappropriate scenario.

Scenario three : You got bad quality jeans buttons and all are getting damaged one after the other. All the jean buttons  look the same but they are not – some are made of plastic with a thin coating of metal over them – they get damaged easily.

Also go easy as you use the hammer- you are not Thor and you do not have to avenge anything – those are darling buttons, not Mangog.

Scenario Four : You have successfully replaced the jeans button but the button is dancing around in the hole – this is because the hole has gotten too big because of the strain the old button was placing on it. Or may be the new button is smaller.

And when you place the new one, it has enough room to even waltz around. You can either stitch the hole tighter or use a washer, between the front and back part of the jean buttons.

jeans button replacement

Tada! The jean button is fixed. It is as if the erstwhile useless jeans has gotten itself a new life. You are a lifesaver. I am too. I would have cut up this jeans and made it into a bag otherwise, like I did in this project – DIY Jean bags.

But what to do if you do not have a metal jeans button ? There is still an easy solution

How to fix a jeans without the jeans Button.

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You can take any other button, wrap it in a piece of thick fabric ( it should be thick enough to disguise the texture of the button) Denim scrap piece is perfect for this. The size of the button should be just enough to go through the buttonhole

Take the button and wrap it in the fabric piece. 

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Using thread tie the neck of the button over the fabric piece, tightly and securely.

Insert through the hole. Hand stitch the projecting part on the back with small stitches. There is your faux jeans button.

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3 thoughts on “Jean Button Replacement : Best way to fix a button back on your jeans”

  1. Having mended numerous jeans for people I have found it better to strengthen the ’empty’ hole using a small patch of iron-on cotton interfacing or bond-a-web ironed onto a matching colour patch covering the hole on the back of the waistband and make a darn over the hole as least visible as possible when the new button is placed over it.

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